Three years of hard work and intensive research activity on how to improve the life of persons with deafblindness – and now the European project SUITCEYES is complete.
International exchange on deafblindness
To present the results and discuss further needs, the consortium invited participants to the symposium “Living Through Touch – Smart, Haptic Communication for Inclusion, Accessibility, and Participation”. About 400 participants from 39 countries registered for the event. 60 panelists from different expertise areas gave presentations on deafblindness, haptic communication and assistive technologies for three days. Policies governing the regulation of these technologies were also discussed with the policy makers. The symposium was a great opportunity to listen to the deafblind community and to set future research directions that continue the work of the project.
“Even though SUITCEYES is coming to an end, we believe there are many exciting opportunities to use gamification and haptic technologies to improve accessibility.”Prof. Dr. Oliver Korn, Director of the SUITCEYES consortium member Affective & Cognitive Institute ACI at Offenburg University
Results available as open source
With the project’s completion the ACI again shows its commitment to open science: all of our technical contributions, such as the Keep Your Distance game and the “Tactile Board” device, are available as open source on the SUITCEYES GitHub repository https://github.com/Suitceyes-Project . Researchers and industry practitioners can access the codes free of charge, using and improving it in their projects.